Sharing the knowledge you have acquired over the years is a big part of your practice. It's a great way to serve and give back. Can you talk about why or where that comes from?
Being an artist is a very vulnerable place and it's important to me that I share my knowledge with others who can benefit from what I've learned. It's enjoyable for me to be coaching artists and giving them career guidance, sharing my art and design tips and any personal development assistance I can provide. I can now say that I feel in touch with my authentic self and the work I do aligns with me and brings me joy. I feel more and more comfortable in my own skin and comfortable with being vulnerable and sharing my work, my gifts and talents to the world. Maybe it’s being on the other side of 40 (yes I am, haha), or maybe it’s just my long, creative journey (or a bit of both) but I feel that I have learned a lot and want to share it to let others know they are going to be ok. If I had someone telling me the things I have learned I think it would’ve saved me a ton of energy and suffering.
Is there something you'd like to see more of in the realms of art and design? If so, what role will you play in making that happen?
I would like to see more women of color who are illustrators use their gifts and talents to inspire others, educate and encourage one another. How empowering it is to see talented women who are nurturing their abilities, on their path, and expressing themselves through creative means! When I learned of you and your books it instantly resonated with me. I said a "go girl!" to myself and was proud to see you doing your thing and how well received it was. It was powerful and gave me a boost to keep going and continue to share my work and help others. I saw the impact it made and others felt it too. It just proves that it is so needed right now.
Thank you Jeanetta. When I meet ladies like you creating their own path and embarking on a journey of exploring and sharing their creativity I am inspired. So thank you for what you do.
Who's on your radar right now? Or, who are some folks you think we should be paying attention to?
I would recommend checking out the stunning abstracts of Amira Rahim, the playful, girly illustrations of Seville Visuals (Illustration 315), the cheerful and colorful products of Kitty McCall, and the breathtaking jewelry of Coralie Reiter.